BrainLog

June 2011

(Archive index.)

Walter Chaw reviews Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Sprite Cow, generate CSS for sprite sheets. Chrome and Firefox only (though of course the CSS sprite code it makes works everywhere).

Why is European broadband faster and cheaper? Blame the government, Engadget. Would local loop unbundling work in the U.S.? The two Internet service providers in your area charging $80/mo for 1.5 mbit access say no.

Splitscreen: A Love Story.

Inside Google+ — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social, Steven Levy with an insider feature for Wired.

Alex Payne on Obligation. His conclusion is the usual “do what you love” mantra, but Alex drops a few good details along the way, especially:

Problem is, it’s really really hard to figure out what makes you happy. It’s way easier to guilt yourself into a sense of obligation which you then use to rationalize the decision to do something you don’t actually enjoy. (Other popular happiness-avoidance tactics include doing nothing, trying to make a lot of money, bad relationships, and over-education.)

The First World Problems Rap:

JavaZone X: The Streaming:

(English captions are available, turn them on.)

Other JavaZone videos, if you haven’t seen them: LadyJava, Java 4-Ever (slightly NSFW if you’re sensitive).

Artist’s Statement, Charlotte Young:

(via waxy)

Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever:

More from the filmmaker.

Related: a chart of caffeine content in popular foods and beverages. I didn’t know Diet Coke has substantially more caffeine than Coca-Cola Classic (which is still only about 1/7th the amount in coffee).

Dijkstra’s Why Numbering Should Start at 0 [PDF].

Everything is a Remix, Part 3 of Kirby Ferguson’s insanely great, beautifully succinct 4-part video series:

I’m a little too proud of my funding credit in this one. Got my name and everything, like I had something to do with it.

Watch parts 1 and 2.

Paranoid Android: YouTube Artists Mix:

Dear Photograph. I like the trees in this one.

passwords, a 17-minute video of 25,727 passwords stolen during a LulzSec intrusion, sorted alphanumerically, one per frame. You don’t have to watch the whole thing to get the idea, of course, but watch for (what appear to be) pauses. It’s a visualization of password commonality.

(“That’s amazing! I’ve got the same combination on my luggage!”)

It’s All Software, John Gruber.

I’ve been a little down on Gruber lately, as I thought he hadn’t been putting enough of his characteristic careful thought into issues related to Google as he has with other subjects. So I’m pleased to see him nail this one so completely.

Stephen Colbert on Fresh Air, recorded yesterday after the Tonys, on his performance in Company with the New York Philharmonic. The production, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Colbert, and other familiar faces, was a four-night engagement. It was filmed, and will have a limited run in movie theaters this week. Check your local listings.

I’m not sure any production of Company could get much better than the 2006 version starring Raúl Esparza, which was filmed and is available on DVD and Netflix instant streaming. But this one should be fun, too.

And in case you missed it, here’s Sondheim on The Report from last December.

Intro to Phish, Marco Arment.

Computer Networks: The Heralds of Resource Sharing:

Prescient!

The Digi-Comp II, from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. I love these guys.

Jobs To Cupertino: We Want A Spaceship-Shaped, 12K Capacity Building As Our New Apple Campus.

Jim Gilliam’s “The Internet is My Religion.” (via waxy)

Any product developer who worries about the owner of a product’s ecosystem introducing their own competing product should read Marco Arment’s reaction to the upcoming Reading List feature of Safari, which competes with his (must-have) Instapaper product.

Ecosystem owners disallowing competitors is another matter, but merely competing isn’t the end of the world— and it may just be the beginning.

olduse.net: a real-time historical exhibit. Usenet as it existed 30 years ago, in real time.

How I Failed, Failed, and Finally Succeeded at Learning How to Code, James Somers for the Atlantic about Project Euler. Lovely writing, I must say.

50 in 50, the classic brief history/fantasy of computer programming languages by Richard P. Gabriel and Guy Steele, Jr.

(Warning: nerds trying to be funny, poetic, musical.)

Time Lapse Sky Shows Earth Rotating Instead of Stars:

Lax Language Tutorials, what’s wrong with computer books, specifically books that introduce programming languages. See also the corresponding Hacker News thread.

Outside Aperture, fan-made short film based on and set after Portal (not Portal 2). Fans only, perhaps, but lovely production values.

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